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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When was the book written?
(a) 1577 A .D.
(b) 1776 A. D.
(c) 1665 A. D.
(d) 1493 A. D.

2. What is her fear of not being in alignment with the Mother Church?
(a) because she is a woman
(b) her problems with the Spanish Inquisition
(c) her bishop does not like her
(d) her ignorance of Church doctrine

3. What does she say is at the center of the castle?
(a) the soul of the believer
(b) the dwelling place of God
(c) the answer to all prayers
(d) the heart of the penitent

4. In the early chambers of the Fifth Dwelling, what must the supplicant do?
(a) prepare to believe everything experienced
(b) keep both feet on the floor
(c) look around to remember where one is
(d) test the spirits to see if the experience is good and godly

5. What does Teresa say the nature of many people is?
(a) willingness to learn better things from example
(b) willingness to believe the good things they hear
(c) willingness to overlook what they do not understand
(d) willingness to believe the negative things they hear

6. What is the condition Teresa describes in the Fifth Dwelling?
(a) translocation
(b) great longing
(c) physical elevation
(d) removed from her senses and reason

7. What do souls rightly handling spiritual trials do?
(a) adjust their perspective
(b) let them go
(c) sweep them under the carpet
(d) work them out for themselves

8. After the Prayer of Union, where does the sister realize she was?
(a) near death
(b) among the saints
(c) in God and He was in her
(d) floating in the cosmos

9. What troubles Teresa as she is about to start writing?
(a) serious health problems
(b) problems relating to the other sisters
(c) lack of ideas about where to start
(d) visions of her death

10. How does Teresa say God views the potential bride?
(a) how willingly and completely she is offering herself to Him
(b) how sexually appealing she is
(c) how beautiful she is
(d) how capable she is of bearing children

11. What does she think about what she has to say in this book?
(a) that no one will understand what she says
(b) that she cannot write what she does not know
(c) that there is too much information for only one book
(d) that she has already said everything in other books

12. What does Teresa say happens to those who dwell outside the castle?
(a) They become like the creatures out there.
(b) They become blind in the drakness.
(c) They are eaten by the dragons.
(d) They have to fight for their lives.

13. How does Teresa say the confirmation of the Prayer of Union is not determined?
(a) not the empty feeling when one leaves
(b) not the ability to recall past misdeeds
(c) not the confirmation of what she calls half-learned men
(d) not the confirmation of witnesses

14. How does Teresa classify repeated prayers from memory?
(a) as mindless
(b) as childish
(c) as time consuming
(d) as fruitful

15. To what does Teresa invite the sister who would enter the Fifth Dwelling?
(a) deliberate meditation on the beauty of that life and sacrifice
(b) certain herbs that enhance the experience
(c) communal prayer sessions to gain entrance
(d) lessons on finding the doorway

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Teresa identify a period of spiritual aridity?

2. What does she say is not prayer at all?

3. When is it good for the rich to desire more wealth?

4. How does Teresa say most people make decisions and judgments?

5. Who may, according to Teresa, cause doubt and turning away from her experience as soon as she is out of the throes of it?

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